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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646826/comparison-of-brca1-expression-between-triple-negative-and-luminal-breast-tumors
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Farzaneh Darbeheshti, Pantea Izadi, Amir Nader Emami Razavi, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Javad Tavakkoly Bazzaz
Background: Previous studies have suggested that BRCA1 dysregulation has a role in triple-negative phenotypic manifestation. However, differences of BRCA1 expression, as a tumor suppressor gene, have rarely been investigated between luminal and triple-negative breast tumors. Therefore, the present study attempted to compare the BRCA1 expression in triple-negative with luminal breast tumors and its association with the clinicopathologic characteristics of patients. Methods: BRCA1 expression was evaluated by real-time PCR in 26 triple-negative and 27 luminal breast tumors...
June 25, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646812/oral-consumption-of-vitamin-k2-for-8-weeks-associated-with-increased-maximal-cardiac-output-during-exercise
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Brian K McFarlin, Andrea L Henning, Adam S Venable
Background • Vitamin K1 and K2 are not typically common in a Western diet because they are found in a variety of fermented foods. Vitamin K2 in particular has been demonstrated to restore mitochondrial function and has a key role in production of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that dietary supplementation with vitamin K2 could increase the function of muscle with high mitochondrial content (ie, skeletal and cardiac muscle). Objective • The purpose of this study was to determine if 8 wk of dietary supplementation with Vitamin K2 could alter cardiovascular responses to a graded cycle ergometer test...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646796/organic-matter-drives-high-interannual-variability-in-methylmercury-concentrations-in-a-subarctic-coastal-sea
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A L Soerensen, A T Schartup, A Skrobonja, E Björn
Levels of neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) in phytoplankton are strongly associated with water MeHg concentrations. Because uptake by phytoplankton is the first and largest step of bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs many studies have investigated factors driving seasonal changes in water MeHg concentrations. Organic matter (OM) is widely accepted as an important driver of MeHg production and uptake by phytoplankton but is also known for strong interannual variability in concentration and composition within systems...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646787/parental-self-efficacy-mitigates-the-association-between-low-spousal-support-and-stress
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Osnat Lavenda, Miri Kestler-Peleg
This study examined the moderating role of parental self-efficacy of the association between spousal support and stress. Recruited through online survey, 445 Israeli parents filled out self-reported questionnaires. The moderation model explained 36.4% of the variance in parents' stress. The findings confirmed that in the presence of high parental self-efficacy, the effect of spousal support on stress was non-significant. However, the less parental self-efficacy reported, the stronger the association between spousal support and stress was found...
June 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646782/emotional-dysregulation-in-borderline-personality-disorder-and-its-influence-on-communication-behavior-and-feelings-in-romantic-relationships
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Annemarie Miano, Luna Grosselli, Stefan Roepke, Isabel Dziobek
Dysfunction in romantic relationships constitutes one of the most burdensome symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The aim of this study was to ascertain how emotional dysregulation affects behavior and relationship related feelings of women with BPD in threatening conversations with their own romantic partner. Thirty couples in which the women were diagnosed with BPD and 34 healthy control (HC) couples were videotaped while discussing personally threatening (i.e., personal failure) and relationship-threatening (i...
June 13, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646781/%C3%AE-potential-evidences-silanol-heterogeneity-induced-by-metal-contaminants-at-the-quartz-surface-implications-in-membrane-damage
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Cristina Pavan, Francesco Turci, Maura Tomatis, Mara Ghiazza, Dominique Lison, Bice Fubini
Among the physico-chemical features responsible for the so-called "variability of quartz hazard", a key role has been assigned to the silica surface charge, evaluated by means of ζ potential measurement. The ζ potential of silica describes the protonation state of silanols which, in turn, determine interactions with cell membranes. To gain a molecular understanding of the role of silanols in silica pathogenicity, we conducted a systematic investigation of the variation of the ζ potential as a function of pH (ζ plot titration curve) on a large set of respirable quartz particles with different levels of metal contaminants...
June 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646776/characterizing-the-pahs-in-surface-waters-and-snow-in-the-athabasca-region-implications-for-identifying-hydrological-pathways-of-atmospheric-deposition
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S J Birks, S Cho, E Taylor, Y Yi, J J Gibson
The composition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons present in snow and surface waters in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) was characterized in order to identify major contributors to the organics detected in rivers and lakes in the region. PAH concentrations, measured by three monitoring programs in 2011, were used to compare the PAH compositions of snow and surface waters across the AOSR. The 2011 dataset includes total (dissolved+particulate) concentrations of thirty-four parent and alkylated PAH compounds in 105 snow, 272 river, and 3 lake samples...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
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Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646712/prediction-of-vocational-participation-and-global-role-functioning-in-help-seeking-young-adults-from-neurocognitive-demographic-and-clinical-variables
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Alice J Cairns, David J Kavanagh, Frances Dark, Steven M McPhail
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate neurocognitive, demographic and clinical correlates of vocational participation among a sample of young help-seeking adults. METHODS: Young people (18-25 years) accessing an early intervention youth health service participated. The Global Functioning: Role scale and level of vocational participation, participant characteristics (age, gender, socioeconomic background and family history of serious mental illness), distress, psychotic-like experiences, substance use, and mental health diagnoses were recorded...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646711/effect-of-memantine-on-c-reactive-protein-and-lipid-profiles-in-bipolar-disorder
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Hui Hua Chang, Po See Chen, Tzu-Yun Wang, Sheng-Yu Lee, Shiou-Lan Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Jau-Shyong Hong, Yen Kuang Yang, Ru-Band Lu
BACKGROUND: Balance in the immune system plays roles in bipolar disorder (BD) and its metabolic co-morbidities. Memantine is an NMDA receptor antagonist with anti-inflammatory effects. However, the effects of memantine adjunct treatment on metabolic status of BD are unclear. METHODS: During the 12 weeks period, a total of 191 BD patients were enrolled and split into valproate (VPA) + placebo and VPA + memantine (5mg/day) arms. The fasting plasma levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) and metabolic indices were assessed...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646709/association-between-father-involvement-and-attitudes-in-early-child-rearing-and-depressive-symptoms-in-the-pre-adolescent-period-in-a-uk-birth-cohort
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Charles Opondo, Maggie Redshaw, Maria A Quigley
BACKGROUND: Much of the research on parenting and its influence on child development has emphasised the mother's role. However, increasing evidence highlights the important role of fathers in the development, health and well-being of their children. We sought to explore the association between paternal involvement in early child-rearing and depressive symptoms in 9 and 11 year-old children. METHODS: We used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort recruited in the southwest of England...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646692/specific-subcortical-structures-are-activated-during-seizure-induced-death-in-a-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep-a-manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Srinivasa P Kommajosyula, Marcus E Randall, Thomas J Brozoski, Boris M Odintsov, Carl L Faingold
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major concern for patients with epilepsy. In most witnessed cases of SUDEP generalized seizures and respiratory failure preceded death, and pre-mortem neuroimaging studies in SUDEP patients observed changes in specific subcortical structures. Our study examined the role of subcortical structures in the DBA/1 mouse model of SUDEP using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). These mice exhibit acoustically-evoked generalized seizures leading to seizure-induced respiratory arrest (S-IRA) that results in sudden death unless resuscitation is rapidly instituted...
May 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646679/hypoxia-induced-adam-17-expression-is-mediated-by-rsk1-dependent-c-ebp%C3%AE-activation-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
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Jing-Yun Chen, Chien-Huang Lin, Bing-Chang Chen
Hypoxia was identified as a mediator of lung fibrosis in patients with chronic obstructive asthma (COA). Overexpression of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM 17) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) leads to development of tissue fibrosis. However, the signaling pathway in hypoxia-induced ADAM 17 expression remains poorly defined. In this study, we investigated the roles that ribosomal S-6 kinase 1 (RSK1)/CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ)-dependent ADAM 17 expression plays in hypoxia-induced CTGF expression in human lung fibroblasts...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646670/a-metagenomic-assessment-of-viral-contamination-on-fresh-parsley-plants-irrigated-with-fecally-tainted-river-water
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X Fernandez-Cassi, N Timoneda, E Gonzales-Gustavson, J F Abril, S Bofill-Mas, R Girones
Microbial food-borne diseases are still frequently reported despite the implementation of microbial quality legislation to improve food safety. Among all the microbial agents, viruses are the most important causative agents of food-borne outbreaks. The development and application of a new generation of sequencing techniques to test for viral contaminants in fresh produce is an unexplored field that allows for the study of the viral populations that might be transmitted by the fecal-oral route through the consumption of contaminated food...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646645/comorbidity-assessment-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-can-imaging-techniques-fludeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomographic-computed-tomography-and-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-provide-additional-information
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Matthias Troeltzsch, Florian Andreas Probst, Axel Rominger, Ulrich Müller-Lisse, Monika Probst, Katharina Obermeier, Michael Ehrenfeld, Sven Otto
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the role of imaging staging examinations (positron-emission tomographic computed tomography [PET/CT] and contrast-enhanced computed tomography [ceCT]) for the assessment of the comorbidity status of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). A binary null hypothesis was drafted: 1) imaging staging examinations do not augment knowledge about the comorbidity status of patients with OSCC and 2) there is no difference between PET/CT and ceCT in this regard...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646631/synthesis-of-novel-and-functionally-selective-non-competitive-muscarinic-antagonists-as-chemical-probes
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John F Boulos, Jan Jakubik, John M Boulos, Jelena Momirov, Alena Randakova
Muscarinic receptors are known to play important biological roles and are drug targets for several human diseases. In a pilot study, novel muscarinic antagonists were synthesized and used as chemical probes to obtain additional information of the muscarinic pharmacophore. The design of these ligands made use of current orthosteric and allosteric models of drug-receptor interactions together with chemical motifs known to achieve muscarinic receptor selectivity. This approach has led to the discovery of several non-competitive muscarinic ligands that strongly bind at a secondary receptor site...
June 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646629/mechanisms-of-inhibitory-effects-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-the-photosynthetic-primary-processes-in-pea-leaves-and-thylakoid-preparations
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V D Kreslavski, M Brestic, S K Zharmukhamedov, V Yu Luybimov, A V Lankin, A Jajoo, S I Allakhverdiev
Inhibitory effects of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on plants is studied in pea leaves in order to elucidate the mechanisms of action of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) such as naphthalene (Naph) and phenanthrene (Phen) on activity of photosystem 2 (PS-2). The changes in different Chl fluorescence parameters were calculated on the basis of Chl fluorescence induction curves. Hydrogen peroxide content was measured in leaf homogenates by luminol-dependent chemiluminescence method. We demonstrated that due to PAH treatment, the total energy dissipation (DI0 /ABS) and amount of QB -non-reducing complexes of PS-2 significantly increased...
June 24, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646621/the-hydrophobic-side-chain-of-oseltamivir-influences-type-a-subtype-selectivity-of-neuraminidase-inhibitors
#18
Xiong Lin, Chen Qin-Hua, Li Peng, Li Chun-Lei, Yang Guang-De
Neuraminidase, which plays a critical role in the influenza virus life cycle, is a target for new therapeutic agents. The study of structure-activity relationships revealed that the C-5 position amino group of oseltamivir was pointed to 150-cavity of the neuraminidase in group-1. This cavity is important for selectivity of inhibitors against N1 versus N2 NA. A serial of influenza neuraminidase inhibitors with the oseltavimir scaffold containing lipophilic side chains at the C-5 position have been synthesized and evaluated for their influenza neuraminidase inhibitory activity and selectivity...
June 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646617/melanoma-associated-grm3-variants-dysregulate-melanosome-trafficking-and-camp-signaling
#19
Ana Neto, Craig J Ceol
Large-scale sequencing studies have revealed several genes that are recurrently mutated in melanomas. To annotate the melanoma genome we have expressed tumor-associated variants of these genes in zebrafish and characterized their effects on melanocyte development and function. Here, we describe expression of tumor-associated variants of the recurrently-mutated metabotropic glutamate receptor 3 (GRM3) gene. Unlike wild-type GRM3, tumor-associated GRM3 variants disrupted trafficking of melanosomes, causing their aggregation in the cell body...
June 24, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646601/autophagy-activation-is-required-for-myofibroblasts-differentiation-during-healing-of-oral-mucosa
#20
Enrica Vescarelli, Andrea Pilloni, Francesco Dominici, Paola Pontecorvi, Antonio Angeloni, Antonella Polimeni, Simona Ceccarelli, Cinzia Marchese
AIM: It is known that periodontal tissues heal faster that skin, and gingiva in particular heal without scar formation. The mechanisms regulating this behavior are still unclear. The aim of our work is to compare wound healing in oral mucosa and gingiva, investigating the role of αSMA-expressing myofibroblasts and autophagy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Biopsies were obtained from 7 patients immediately before and 24h after vertical releasing incision in oral mucosa and attached gingiva...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
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